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Triple B muffins.

I had a couple of quite overripe bananas on my counter that had to be put to use and I thought some muffins might be good road trip food for my journey to Kentucky this morning.  Pulling up Vegan Yum Yum’s trusty Brown sugar and peach muffins, I tweaked it a little to use what I had on hand.  If you haven’t made any quick breads with spelt flour before, you should!  They are the moistest muffin I’ve ever had.

Blueberry Banana Spelt muffins with Brown Sugar.

Makes 16 muffins

Adapted from VeganYumYum.com

2 Cups Spelt flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt

2 mashed bananas (approx 2/3 cup)

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Milk (VYY calls for soy, obviously, but I only had whole)
1 Tbs Lime Juice (or lemon would work)
1 tsp-ish Vanilla Extract (I never measure vanilla)
1/2 – 2/3 Cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
Extra Brown Sugar, for sanding

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tins.

Mix all dry ingredients together in a small bowl.  Mix together bananas, brown sugar, milk, lime juice, and vanilla in a large bowl.  Add dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.  Fold in blueberries (even more gently if they’re frozen).  Fill muffin cups 2/3 full; I like to use an ice cream scoop for uniform filling.  Dust with additional brown sugar.

Bake for 18-22 minutes; I baked mine for 20 and rotated the pans halfway through.  Let cool on wire rack.  Enjoy.

If you make these muffins, let me know!  We are enjoying them thoroughly.

Mostly food, and a couple other things.

Nothing much has been going on around here, it seems.

Tax day has come and gone and I am thrilled that I will be getting some money back this year, enough to pay for my trip to Salt Lake City in October for Sewing Summit!
The Sewing Summit
I am so excited about this conference, I will get to meet so many women whose blogs I read and admire. I’m hoping my friend Lindsay will go with me. I’m sure Salt Lake will be beautiful in October!

Another thing I’ll be able to do with my return is a long overdue trip to Ikea. I have big plans for my studio with the organization, seating, and overall arrangement. I have high hopes for what I can do with this space.

I got a couple books in the mail yesterday that I’m excited about. “All New Square Foot Gardening” will (hopefully) be really helpful in our yard. I also have big plans for that space and want to build raised beds before the starter plants sale at our local farmers market next week.

I also got “Hobo Quilts,” an interesting quilting book based on the symbolic language of train hoppers or hobos. I had seen the book at JoAnns a couple times and was intrigued but it wasn’t until I heard that a friend of ours who is a big train hopper and tagger is getting married next month that I knew I had to make one. I still feel like the demographic that these quilts will appeal to is small but even one quilt is worth the price of the book.

I’m working away at the boy version of this quilt. I had wanted to find another grey that was slightly darker than what I had but I decided to go with a navy instead. This quilt won’t be finished in five days like the first one but I’m looking forward to having the pair.

We made some damn fine burgers on Friday night. Grilling season is definitely here and these turkey burgers are one of our favorites. The patty is ground turkey, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, sage, paprika, minced onion, and garlic, though I’ve probably not made them the same way twice. Put that on a toasted bun and top with hummus, avocado, red onion, bacon, pepper jack cheese, and sprouts. Yum.

I tried making Raspberry Lemonade bars a couple days ago and while they didn’t quite turn out right, they are still delicious. I don’t own an 8″ by 8″ pan (I don’t really know how that’s possible) so I used the same recipe in an 8″ by 6″ pan so the filling was too thick and didn’t set in the middle. They are tart, sweet, and gooey. I’ll definitely make these again, they are a great summer dessert.

Tonight I made some individual pesto lasagnas with sweet Italian sausage in wonton wrappers and my goodness, they were so good.

Petite Pesto Lasagnas
Adapted from Can You Stay for Dinner? and The Italian Dish.

¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Two ¾ ounce packs of basil or about 1 cup packed leaves
3 cloves garlic
¼ cup pine nuts or walnuts
½ cup olive oil

Bechamel sauce:
4 tablespoons butter
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk (I used 2% but any kind would work)
1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon in chicken (or 1 bouillon cube)
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
pinch of nutmeg

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 package won ton skins
½ pound ground Italian sausage
1 tablespoon dried oregano

Cook ground sausage over medium heat until no longer pink. Set aside in paper towel lined bowl. Spray 18 muffin tins with non stick spray and line with one won ton skin each.

Add basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, and garlic to a food processor. Process until finely chopped, wiping down sides if necessary. With motor running, slowly add olive oil until it becomes smooth. Set aside.

Melt butter in saucepan. Add flour and bouillon and whisk until smooth. Slowly add the milk while you whisk. Add the nutmeg and pepper and continue to whisk until smooth and slightly thickened. Pour into heat proof bowl to cool slightly and add pesto. Mix well.

Spoon a small amount of pesto sauce into each wonton shell. Divide all the sausage evenly between them. Sprinkle with half the parmesan and mozzarella. Repeat the layers, wonton skin (I only did one but would go with two on this layer next time, if the package amount permits), pesto sauce, and the remaining cheese. Sprinkle with oregano.

Place in 375° oven for 10 minutes, rotating trays half way through. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Enjoy!


This was the only dinner picture I got. Oops!

We had a couples dinner and game night tonight with braised venison tacos and sweet cherry lime hand pies. We had four other couples over and after eating the venison with tomatillo salsa, avocado salsa, some sort of smoked French cheese, and grilled onions, we played a rousing game of Quelf and thoroughly enjoyed some pie. It was a good time had by all. I will give a couple rough recipes for the things we made. Marcus doesn’t typically measure things so most of it is estimated, by me.

Braised Venison
3 lb venison roast (or meat of choice; we’ve also done pork butt)
6T butter
32oz box beef broth
22oz bottle dark/brown beer (we tend towards Negro Modelo or Newcastle)
2 onions, roughly chopped
6 cloves garlic, smashed

Spice Rub
1T brown sugar
1T cumin
1T flour
½T coarse salt
1t black pepper
1t paprika
½t cayenne

Melt butter in large, heavy pan, add onion and garlic and saute until translucent. Coat roast on all sides with spice rub and brown in butter until seared. Add beer and broth. Cover and place in 425° oven for three hours. Turn oven down to 250° and shred meat before returning to oven until ready to serve. (If making a day ahead of time like we do, turn oven off after the first three hours. The following day, shred meat and put in 250° oven until heated through, about 1 hour.)

Tomatillo Salsa
2T butter
10 tomatillos, hulled and washed
1 white onion, roughly chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 limes
1 Serrano chili
1 jalapeno
2 chipotle in adobo sauce

Put jalapeno and Serrano in a dry skillet over high heat until blackened (this can also be done under the broiler or directly over the flame of a gas stove). Place in paper bag, fold to seal, set aside for 10 minutes. Melt butter over medium high heat and brown onion and garlic, add to food processor bowl. Brown tomatillos, add to food processor. Take chilies out of bag and peel, remove seeds if you want less spicy heat. Add chilies and the chipotles to food processor . Squeeze juice of the limes over everything and pulse until it reaches the desired consistency. Cool in fridge until ready to serve.

I think everyone has a go-to recipe for guacamole and while this is not mine, it was very good.
4 avocados, peeled and cubed
½ white onion, chopped fine
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped fine
½t salt
dash of black pepper
dash of cayenne
juice of one lime

Put all ingredients into medium bowl and gently fold until mixed.

Warm tortillas in a low temperature oven. We used a smoked French cheese but there are many options out there. On the table we put the meat, cheese, salsa, guacamole, raw diced red onion, some grilled yellow onion, grilled jalapenos, and he tortillas and let everyone make their own. It made about 35 tacos, though we ran out of guacamole. The pie was the same recipe I used at Christmas but with a cherry lime filling instead of apple. They didn’t rise as much as they should have but they were still delicious. All in all, it was success!

Quelf was a good time, though it tends to last long. 10 people playing at a time was probably few too many, maybe teams would work more efficiently. We’ve tentatively planned on a dinner/game night once a month but last time we said that was three months ago :)

Thanks everyone for the good time!

Major catch up.

First I left my camera deep in the couch at Stitch & Bitch and then I got sick so I’m afraid to admit that I missed some days this month :( I am left deciding how to number my pictures from now on but I think I’ll keep numbering the pictures, not the day, if that makes sense. I tried taking a couple pictures on my phone but they didn’t get emailed to me right. Oh well.

(February first through the third was the missing camera days.)

365:32 – Paper scraps.

These are the remains of the paper piecing of my spiderweb blocks. I started working on them again after a few months’ break and I’m enjoying myself.

365:33 – Winter squash soup.

This particular week was the week of soups. It was pretty cold and it’s when my sickness was coming along. It all started with a 44 Clove Garlic soup that was so delicious! My friend Catherine makes a garlic soup and while looking for recipes, most of them were tomato based and included 4 cloves of garlic. Four? You can’t call it garlic soup with that little in it. 44 sounds more like it. The next day Marcus was gone so I made a quick creamy tomato soup from things I had around the house. This is a rough recipe that makes two servings:

1 15oz can tomato sauce
1c broth (I had beef but chicken of vegetable works too)
1T Italian seasoning
½t rosemary
1T brown sugar
Dash of salt and pepper
¼c cream (or half and half)
Pour everything except cream into a small pot. Simmer until heated through and add cream. Cook until heated through again, just 1 or 2 minutes more. Eat it, especially with cheesy bread or a grilled cheese sandwich.

With Marcus still gone the following day (we were supposed to go up to a ski resort with a bunch of friends in Virginia but I didn’t get my shifts covered and then the sickness came so he went without me) I made a soup I knew he wouldn’t like, a winter squash soup. I toasted the seeds with some salt and snacked on those with it. It made a lot of soup so I froze some to eat later. A couple days later with Marcus home and feeling sick himself, he requested a white bean and sausage soup that turned out great.

365:34 – Hope Valley girl quilt.
This quilt was made in 5 complete, though not successive, days. I cut and pieced the top on one, cut and pieced the back on another, basted it on the third, quilted it with loops on the fourth, and sewed on the binding on the fifth. It was washed and photographed the sixth and I couldn’t be happier with it. I have another one of the same pattern planned in boy colors, I just need to find the perfect grays. I’d like to try and sell them as a pair, unless one of my friends have twins soon. You can see more pictures on Flickr.

(February seventh and eighth were my sick days.)

365:35 – Fabric.

I went to Roanoke last Wednesday to hang out with Catherine and because I hadn’t been there in a few months. I wanted to go to a couple fabric shops and one of them, Old Trinity Schoolhouse Fabrics, was half an hour away and happened to have just closed it’s doors last week to become an online only store. Creative Quilting was open and the lovely owner remembered me and I bought this small stack of fabrics. Catherine and I also went shopping (I found jeans on super sale!) and made dinner and cookies. Catherine and I had a great girlfriend day and I hope to make that a regular occurrence.

365:36 – Shadow pattern.

There was a light dusting of snow on Wednesday night and I took Jackson out to play in it, though it had already melted wherever the sun had been. I liked the shadow pattern in the stairs in the back yard.

365:37 – Tulip explosion.

My manager at work has been trying to keep fresh flowers around, which I love. These tulips went from being short and closed to about eight inches longer and open to the point of almost folding back upon themselves in four days. They looked pretty awesome.

365:38 – Planning.

During a lull in dinner with Marcus on Friday I tried sketching out a sewing travel case. I’d like to take a couple small sewing and knitting projects with me on my big trip to Thailand in a couple weeks so I need to make a little case to carry them in. This is a rough idea of what it will be.

365:39 – Day drunk.

Single Brothers, the bar that is owned by the same people that own the coffee shop where I work has Sunday afternoon ham biscuits, coffee, and drinks. This Sunday was beautiful so we sat for a couple hours with Jackson and a lot of friends and had a couple of drinks. I dug in the dirt a little bit and laid out one of two garden plots. Marcus cooked me a lovely Valentines Day dinner of steak and gnocci and we watched the movie Brick. It was a near perfect Sunday.

365:40 – Katie Jump Rope.
I joined the Single Girl Support Group, a quilt along for Denyse Schmidt’s quilt pattern that I’ve had the templates cut out of for months and months. I’m using my small collection of Katie Jump Rope and Flea Market Fancy fabrics with some coordinating solids and Essex linen blend in putty for the background. A local quilt shop has a few bolts of some KJR which makes me really happy. I want to buy some more yardage and make a couple dresses. The quilt along technically started today and I’ll try and get some pieces cut this week.

365:10, a recipe.

Using an apple I had left over from the amazing hand pies I made for Christmas, and putting my new Corningware dish to use, I made a simple single, serving apple crisp. I had the forethought to write down the ingredients so I could include a simple recipe here. Except for the apple, I always have these ingredients around my house but it’s definitely not a strict recipe.

Apple Crisp for One.
1 apple, I like Pink Lady or Macintosh
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ tablespoon bourbon, optional
1 tablespoon flour
¼ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup oats
¼ cup brown sugar (or more for extra tart apples)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of cardamom
2 tablespoons butter
optional: 1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 tablespoon oat bran

Chop the apples and toss with other filling ingredients, pour into baking dish. Mix oats, sugar and spices (same bowl is fine) until combined. I melted the butter and mixed it in but if you want it more crumbly, cut cold butter into dry mixture. Pour over apples and bake at 350º for 40 – 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool briefly. Serve warm, maybe with some vanilla bean ice cream. Yum!